Monthly Archives: August 2010

Quote of the Day: Lance Armstrong

“Pain is temporary.  It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place.  If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”

 - Lance Armstrong (1971 – ), Professional Road Racing Cyclist

Get in the Habit

Get in the habit of writing everyday.  Oh so good advice.  But for those of us whose blog is not their job, what a challenging concept.  Or maybe not.

I fully admit, I was never much of a diary writer.  In fact, I found it tedious as a teenager and always had to lock up my thoughts, literally with a key when I did.  Some things just felt too private for anyone else’s eyes.   Even then, I knew my emotions around most subjects were temporary.  In the end,  I pretty much destroyed all of the evidence.  Sometimes blogging feels a lot like that.  Like right now for instance.

I guess writing can be fairly easy when you have a subject to write about.  But I find myself looking for something interesting to say about the same things other people are talking about.  Which is perhaps why I don’t write so much.

I also haven’t been getting out as much as I would like lately.  So the opportunity to see a great show, visit a museum or art gallery, attend a dance performance or even a movie for that matter, has been pretty slim.

But just the same.  I think it is great advice.  Writing seems to calm the nerves and solve some problems along the way when I am in need of a solution or inspiration.  And I guess that is the point.

Getting in the habit of writing every day can be inspirational in itself.  You just never know what’s on your mind until you think it and jot it down.

Quote of the Day: Tony Robbins

‘When it seems impossible, victory is near!’ ~ Tony Robbins

Quote of the Day: Desi Arnaz

DESI ARNAZ: American people have the ability to laugh at themselves. It is one of the things that makes this country the great country that it is.

Live My Life Wins Honorable Mention Award at the 2010 Los Angeles International Film Festival

Playing with other people’s money in Live My Life

With a recent endorsement from author, journalist, speaker and former Goldman Sachs managing director, Nomi Prins (It Takes A Pillage, Wiley Publishing 2009), the Live My Life Music Video, directed by choreographer/director Michael Cornell of Los Angeles, CA (Semplice Pictures) and produced/executive produced by Departed actress Tracey Paleo (Brink Tank Productions), has won an Honorable Mention Award at the inaugural 2010 Los Angeles International Film Festival, competing with over 700 films from around the world.

For these first time filmmakers, new to the independent film festival circuit, the 2010 LAI Film Fest award is prestigious and is the second of two accolades this summer.  Earlier this year, Live My Life was also selected as one of only five Finalists at the June 2010 SoCal Film Market, winning recognition in the music video category.

“Live My Life provides a much needed shot of timely, thought-provoking, musically forward, irreverence to the status quo,” quotes Ms. Prins, a supporter and fan since meeting Ms. Paleo and Mr. Cornell in December 2009.

Live My Life is a rebel rock and roll musical parody which offers a sharp, irreverent portrait of American Capitalism, Idealism and the Wall Street Bailout of 2008/09 with US Treasury Secretary and former Goldman Sachs CEO, Henry Paulsen as the inspiration for the main character.

The LAI Film Fest garnered overwhelming international attention, postponing the selection date twice, and a day behind schedule, making the Live My Life award a stunning surprise to the filmmakers.

The Los Angeles International Film Festival is a new wave film festival, founded by and for independent filmmakers, and supported by established industry professionals, independent filmmakers, and individual financiers, who seek to recognize the craft of filmmaking and storytelling.  With nine categories and over ten awards in each, the goal of LAI Film Fest is to showcase and honor innovative new voices in the American and international film communities, and to recognize a large and diverse selection of films from all genres.

Quote of the Day: Charles Darwin

“It is not the biggest, the brightest or the best that will survive, but those who adapt the quickest.”

~Charles Darwin

Quote of the Day: Louis Armstrong

“If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.”

~Louis Armstrong

Ballet Lessons: Allègro

Pronounced [a-lay-GROH]; Italian: [al-LAY-groh].  Brisk, lively.  A term applied to all bright and brisk movements.  All steps of elevation such as the entrechant, cabriole, assemblè, jetè and so on, come under this classification.  The majority of dances, both solo and groups, are built on allègro.  The most important qualities to aim at in allègro are lightness, smoothness and ballon (bounce).